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When facing divorce, child custody, support, property distribution and alimony, life doesn't always come with a help button. Facing major life changes is a challenge you don't have to meet alone.
Pugh & Associates offers reliable legal representation to residents of West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas. Our knowledgeable staff is well-versed in tackling a wide variety of family law cases, including divorce, alimony, child support and settlement agreements.
With more than 25 years of experience in handling the delicate and sensitive nature of family law cases, our compassionate attorneys will give you the personal attention you deserve and the necessary information you need to make sound legal decisions. If you or a loved one is dealing with a messy divorce or child support legal battle, contact our office for a free consultation.
Alimony, spousal support, support or maintenance, is generally defined as financial assistance given from one spouse to another after the marriage has dissolved.
Depending upon the circumstances of your marriage, you or your spouse may be eligible to collect alimony. Florida law does not discriminate with regard to who can receive alimony – either the husband or wife can be eligible to receive financial support from the other.
Our firm can work with you and determine your unique circumstances to determine what type of alimony could be involved in your divorce. Florida courts take many factors into account when determining what type of alimony should be awarded in a divorce including:
Working for the Best Interests of the Children
At Pugh & Associates., we work to uphold the highest standard of careful, knowledgeable representation for clients and their children because no area of law requires more care than when a child's best interests are at stake.
Determination of the "Parenting Plan" is one of the most challenging areas of divorce.
The "Parenting Plan" (formerly called child custody) is required by Florida law to establish time spent with a child as well as decision making regarding the child. Whether a child lives primarily with one parent, the other parent has "Shared Parental Responsibility" and has equal input in the decision making for the upbringing of the child - including health, education, extra-curricular activities, to name a few.
The Parenting Plan also sets forth the regular and holiday schedule that each parent will enjoy with their child or children. Courts generally try to strike a balance between the work schedule of the parents and the child's needs. The goal is to foster a close and loving relationship with both parents.
Child support is a function of statutory guidelines with a specific mathematical formula, unlike alimony determinations, which are based upon the "equities" in the case and the balancing of various factors. The courts may consider a number of factors to deviate from those guidelines, such as specific timesharing arrangements established for the benefit of the minor children.
We will analyze all appropriate factors and calculate the gross and net salaries based on pay stubs and average income over the course of the entire year. Monthly expenses and deductions will help us get an accurate picture of how much support a parent may pay and require.